MHE and Me
Hi. I'm Nicole. I am now fourteen years old. I like teddy bears (I'm not kidding). I also like The Simpsons. I am in the 8th grade and have managed to get high honor roll.  I also have MHE. So far I have had five operations and have eight scars (they really gross my dad out). I can't go to school full time.  I make six out of nine periods. When I get home I often plop down and take a nap. I don't take gym, tech, home economics, art, music, or any type of after school sport. I can't do drama club in my school, but I can do sound effects for my little sister's school. I made this really freaky, creaky sound. During school I carry around this blue bumpy seat cushion (because I have big tumors in my hips).  Some people think it is a funky briefcase! Others who sit in back of me while I sit on it tell me to "move my head" because it adds two or more inches in height (my hair might add more). I don't use my cushion in those classes.  I also have a rolling backpack. I think it really helps with carrying my stuff around but people do have a tendency to trip over it. When they do, it twists my arm around, it hurts!  On occasion people do ask me why I have these things and most of them acted calm and normal, and others were rather funny, "Oh my god, I am sooooo sorry" or "Can you play baseball?"  I can't go to any school dances simply because there is loud music and it really hurts.  I have never been to a single dance. Maybe one day I will.  My favorite thing I've done all year was reading the play "The Diary of Anne Frank" in class.  I did the voice of Anne, and that was a really big honor for me.

Enough about school.  In my spare time (which I have alot of) I play with my sister. I make really pretty paper dolls, and I draw. I like to listen to movie soundtracks. I'm not into rap, or hip hop, or lip syncing pop stars. My favorite soundtrack is "Tarzan". All the music was done by Phil Collins. I also read the books that we are forced to read in school (so far near every character in the book I am reading is dead or dying).  I like to play on the computer. My computer only can play two programs, so my choices are really small. One is a house building program. The other is a drawing one.

In movies sometimes you see someone that lifts everyone's spirits and is a true hero. Before I was 10 I wished I could be like that too. After I had my first surgery I had RSD and other nerve problems in my leg. That was the most painful thing in my life. After that came surgery #2. That one tried to correct the complications. That wasn't fun either. It took me several months to start walking again. I had to take physical therapy. That also hurt. In return I got to "hurt" one of the therapists back! The day before Thanksgiving during physical therapy I was so tired of using a walker I decided to just try to walk and I DID. I think all the therapists were crying (my mom was, too). I had become somewhat of an inspiration. Then in the summer I had a three by four inch tumor removed from the back of my leg. I was walking within days, my speediest recovery ever.  Then during the following summer I had to get the staples that were put in my leg during the first surgery taken out. I didn't like that. It took me a few weeks to start walking after that one. Then in the middle of the school year last year I had to get staples put in my other leg and ankle.  That was rather painful. I was walking in two weeks and went back to school around a month later. So far that is all the surgeries I have had and I hope I don't need anymore. My mom calls me a hero because in spite of everythingI almost always kept a smile on my face. Also last year my teachers nominated me for an award, The Spirit of Success Award, and I was one of the winners!  I was so excited. I was so glad that someone actually recognized me for an award. I had never won an award in my life. I don't have any trophies displayed on my shelves. I got four certificates and a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart, and a tee shirt that said "Health Day" on it (I still don't know why I got that). The award ceremony was very nice. My dad loved the meal.

At the end of the year my grade had an award ceremony. It was long and boring, but I got two certificates (for honor roll and for special effort)  and a medal. I had also never gotten a medal before.  I told you I am not involved in award-winning activities. This year I am nominated for the Spirit of Success award again! I really hope I get it.
My Poems Poems by my sister, Andrea
Nicole's latest poem (added to site 2/8/05)
A Poem by my Grandparents
My Art Work